Hello LJ’s, Tonight’s blog is fairly short, but I did ask my “Question of the Day”, which I do at least once ever fortnight or two. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/06/storm-blog/ Brian
Sorry no pictures…I was too tired and needed to clean up…but just wanted to give a quick summary since the the first week is over…I will try to add some pictures tomorrow… At the beginning of this week I had the nine keel parts cut… Now I have the hull bottom (4 pieces), forward bulkhead, cabin bulkhead, transom, foredeck and mid decks cut out…so I think it was a really good week! I can honestly say I enjoyed the lofting (drafting of the lines direct...
Yesterday we packed up the forester and ventured south to the big smoke (Sydney) for the Timber and Working with Wood Show. Being the (unofficial) largest wood show in the country there was lots to see, do and buy. Overall there seemed to be an higher quality and range on offer than previous years. I’ll break the trip up into a few sections looking at timber, tools, and demonstrations. I’ve just uploaded a stack of photos of the different timbers of display at the Sydney sh...
Over the next 2 or 3 months whenever i am not building birdhouses i will be designing and building a new deck and gazebo for my son Jamie,s back yard . The main framing of the deck will be done with P.T wood and then wrapped with cedar . The pool is 24 ft in diameter and will have a 6 ft wide wrap around deck with a 16 ft gazebo on the end .It will also serve as the entrance to the pool . The overall size will be 36 ft wide x 52 ft long .I will post progress pictures as we go :-)
I know there are a lot of LJs on here with young kids. I’ve seen the photos we all proudly display. My son is under 2yrs old and we manage to spend ~20minutes a day in the shop together and usually it is the only time I get in the shop these days. He had a big impact on me going farther down the galoot path to using mainly donut powered tools. Other than an occasional cordless drill, I will not use power tools while he is in the shop with me. Most days it is an absolutely great expe...
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #3: A Theme for the Auction Items: "Pink at Heart"
I have decided to title the series of items for the auction: “Pink at Heart.” I came up with the idea this morning, after deciding I was going to buy some Pink Lyptus to incorporate into the items I’m making for the fundraising auction for the 3-Day Walk for the Cure my wife will be participating in during the month of November, held in San Diego, CA. I dug through about 100-BF of 4/4 Pink Lyptus this morning at the lumber store to find a single board that I thought wo...
I just got back from Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford. I have been to their saw mill three times so far. The guys that work there are very knowledgeable about their product and are always willing to help. Even the owner will help you out if you need it. Now i only bought an 8/4 Maple and a 4/4 Jatoba board which is a small order and these guys still treat you as a first rate customer. Great Place!
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #2: First Item: Cherry, Walnut, and Curly Maple Cutting Board
The first item I have started making for the upcoming auction is a cutting board made of curly maple at the center, with walnut in the middle, and cherry at the outer edge. Here is a picture of the glue-up, using 14-clamps, not all of which are visible here: Here’s another picture, fresh out of the clamps without anything done to the board: There are a few things that will be cleaned up before the board is finished. There is a gouge in the curly maple that you may notic...
Upcoming projects and designs. #7: Thoughts on scrap wood. The Hurricane Ike damaged fence saga continues...
Well, the few remaining rot free 2×4s from my old fence that blew down in hurricane Ike have finally been stripped clean and stacked neatly. But what to do with 26 year old sun bleached pressure treated 2×4s? There’s not a straight stick to be found here, and who knows WHAT they used in PT back in the mid 1980s. I HATE to just throw out usable wood, but I also hate the idea of holding on to potentially dangerous junk. So for now, it sits. Most likely to be taken to the curb...
Well, if you have been following this posting – you’ll noticed that I haven’t posted in a while (months). With a 2 year old and all the other things going on – I had to take a few months off. However, I am back now. After my last posting in December, when found that while reaming out the hole for the rod to fit in the grip—sections of my birch bark veneers separated and the grip was ruined. After discussing with the experts, they assured me that this a very...
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